Trip to London – Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The past two days have included more of the same that relates to my work – appointments, review of programs, discussion of missions methods, learning about visa complications for our workers, projections for the future, and emails and other computer work late into the night.

One of our meetings was over a late evening dinner at a Bangladeshi restaurant – a buffet meal for 6.95 pounds sterling, or just over $11. The waiter, Faisal, was quite friendly and talked with us at length about many things.

On Monday evening we attended a training time in which Jay taught on the subject of Muhammad: A Christian Evaluation. This seminar was open to other people, not just our team.

In some free time we went to Harrod’s, the famous, huge, expensive department store. In several rooms they use decorations inspired by Egyptian art. Here is the Egyptian Hall.

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In the entertainment department I saw a simplified race car in which you sit, with a large screen video in front of you with all kinds of challenging or impossible terrain for you to navigate. The cost? A mere 13,500 pounds sterling, or $22,000. Think it over.

The current exchange rate is one pound sterling for $1.60.

We also had a tour of Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty’s residence when in London. The palace is open to visitors only one month of the year.

We walked through the state rooms, where the Queen receives important guests, and holds dinners, dances and other events. The collection of paintings in one of the halls is quite impressive. All in all, it was almost more than we could comprehend, coming as we do, from a country with no royalty.

This is a working palace, from which the Queen and her assistants conduct the business of the nation and the Commonwealth.

You are not allowed to take photos inside the palace, but here are a few views of the outside.

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This stands in front of the palace.

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It is the Queen Victoria Memorial and features a winged statue.

Statues and monuments of all kinds fill this city.

Egyptian Hall

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